|November 22, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUMBB||STOUTM|
|FG Percentage||.509 (28-55)||.414 (24-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.412 (7-17)||.364 (4-11)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (7-9)||.833 (5-6)|
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MENOMONIE, Wis. – Seven different players played for at least 15 minutes as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball squad put together a complete team effort on the road and came away with a 70-57 victory at University of Wisconsin-Stout Tuesday. Head coach Matt Bowen started his fourth different line-up in four games, but the team responded to own its third consecutive win and move to 3-1 on the season.
“One of the strengths of this team is I can put anyone out on the floor and feel comfortable they will maintain the energy and execute on both ends of the floor. The team has adapted to their individual roles extremely well and it has created tremendous depth,” Bowen said. “I thought we came out in the first half and played really well. We not only shot the ball well, but we executed our game plan and got after it on the defensive end.”
Neither team was able to convert on a bucket for the first 3:41 of the game until senior Bryce Tesdahl’s (G, Crosby, Minn.) shot from beyond the arc fell and gave the Beavers a 3-0 lead. BSU continued to keep the Blue Devils off the scoreboard until 5:18 had ticked off the clock, but at that point the road team held a 7-0 lead. Another Tesdahl 3-pointer made the score 10-2.
A jumper from junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) with 9:09 left in the half gave the Beavers their first double-digit advantage at 20-9. UW-Stout battled back to a seven point deficit at 25-18, but BSU responded with a 11-2 run, as Tesdahl scored five points and sophomore Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) tallied the rest on two 3-pointers. With the lead at 16 at 36-20 and 4:18 showing on the clock, the Beavers were able to maintain a double-figures lead the rest of the half before settling with a 43-29 lead heading into the locker room.
The Beavers hit seven 3-pointers in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting (63.3%). Overall the team shot 61.1 percent in the half. BSU also outrebounded the Blue Devils 18-6. Tesdahl had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in the frame on 4-of-4 shooting from the field.
The start of the second half was a different story as the home team wasn’t going to go away that easily. The Blue Devils went on a 16-5 run to open the second half and cut the BSU lead to three at 48-45 with 12:12 left. The scare didn’t last long as the Beavers rattled off 14 unanswered points to retake the big lead a 62-45 with 6:17 left. Junior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) was the spark during the run as he posted eight points for BSU. The dominate play during that six minutes crushed anything the Blue Devils had left and the Beavers never let the lead below 11, en route to the 13 point victory.
The Beavers ended up shooting 50.9 percent from the field in the game and never made a 3-pointer in the second half to finish 7-of-17 (41.2%) form downtown. BSU dominated the glass for the first time this season, outrebounding the Blue Devils 39-23. BSU had nine offensive rebounds that translated into 17 second chance points. UW-Stout posted a 41.4 percentage from the field. The home team only turned the ball over four times, while creating 10 giveaways by the Beavers.
Tesdahl led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-8 (75%) shooting from the field. He also added six rebounds and five assists. Rongstad finished his second game of the season, after getting his first taste of basketball action Sunday, with 14 points in 20 minutes. Walters also closed the game in double-figures with 12 points off the bench. Both Rongstad and Walters shot 66.7 percent from the field (6-for-9) and added four rebounds. Reigning NSIC Player of the Week, senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) was held to eight points, but he added a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) made his first-collegiate start, playing 17 minutes.
“Mason has been struggling,” Bowen said. “He hasn’t started the way I or Mason wanted to, but tonight he made some plays and played some great defense on their big man.”
The Beavers host the InnKeepers Beaver Classic Nov. 25-26. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference member Southwest Minnesota State University, future NSIC member Minot State University and Michigan Tech University visit Bemidji, as BSU plays Minot State Nov. 25 and Michigan Tech Nov. 26. Both games are set to tip-off at 7 p.m. SMSU will play both teams on the opposite evenings at 5 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).